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a2 Milk® + Cookies

By Erin

“This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

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Who doesn’t love milk and cookies? Warm, Gooey- cookies, right out of the oven and paired with a glass of cold milk. I can never wait long enough for them to cool. I have to have one the second they are taken out of the oven when they are still super soft and filled with all that melty chocolate goodness followed by glass of cold milk. I know I can’t be the only one that does that, am I?

The only thing is, as I’ve gotten older, dairy doesn’t seem to like me as much anymore as my tummy doesn’t always agree with it. Experiencing tummy trouble when eating or drinking dairy poses a lot of problems! It also takes away from many of life’s favorite traditions- such as milk and cookies. Who wants to miss out on yummy milk and cookies experiences? I sure don’t! Lucky for me (and everyone else out there) a2 Milk® has saved the day so I can still enjoy my cookies with milk and not have to worry about the tummy troubles!

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Getting to Enjoy Milk Again With a2 Milk®!

I have always loved drinking milk and have been reluctant to give it up due to tummy troubles. It took me awhile to realize that drinking milk was the offender. In an independent study I found out that 1 in 4 Americans have discomfort after drinking milk; yet only 5-7% of the population has been clinically diagnosed with a lactose intolerance medical condition.

YES! a2 Milk® is real milk! Those who experience tummy troubles or Post-Dairy Digestive Discomfort may enjoy a2 milk® without any symptoms. With a2 Milk®, you can enjoy great tasting milk without the worry of those pesky tummy troubles after. Did you know it’s the A1 protein that causes these tummy issues and that Post-Dairy Digestive Discomfort? The A1 protein is the culprit behind many people’s discomfort after having dairy, and it is currently in all conventional & organic milks in U.S. stores. a2 Milk® only comes from specially selected a2 cows, whose milk is naturally free of the A1 protein.  We no longer need to compromise on taste and nutrition with inferior nut- or bean-based beverages – or worse yet, cutting out milk all together –those days are long gone now!

a2 Milk® Comes From a2 Cows!

The a2 Milk® Company has partnered with U.S. dairy farmers in upstate New York and in the Midwest to expand the a2 herd that produces milk that is free from the A1 protein, so it is the original milk. Just like Mother Nature intended. Nothing added and nothing taken away. Not like the chemically processed milk alternatives you see in stores.

It is also interesting to note that a2 Milk® contains approximately 6 x’s the amount of calcium as soy beverages, approximately 8 x’s the protein of almond beverages and approximately 6 x’s the potassium levels of rice beverages so you can feel great about serving it to your family and friends. Which is great news to me as I have never liked the flavor or texture of these other so-called alternatives to milk!

If you have avoided milk due to being lactose intolerant, you may just want to give a2 Milk® a try and see how it works for you. The nutritional benefits of a2 Milk® can be enjoyed with confidence.

Now lets celebrate with some milk and cookies!  Try this delicious recipe for S’Mores Cookies!

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S’Mores Cookies

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Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ Now Open at Main Place Mall in Santa Ana #LucillesBBQ @LucillesBBQ

Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ Now Open in Santa Ana

By Erin

*I was invited to come and try the new Lucille’s. All thoughts and opinions remain my own*Lucille's-Smokehouse-BBQ

A few weeks ago I went with a few good friends to go try the NEW Lucille’s Smokehouse Barbeque in Santa Ana. This brand new location is in a prime spot at the Santa Ana Main Place Mall. Lucille’s offers delicious home-style smoked and barbeque dishes to satisfy the hungriest of appetites. A beautifully decorated location with lots of color, large comfy bar stools and lots of booth seating all throughout. The tables are larger than you will usually find which is great for larger parties (or if you’re like us, just to fit all the food we order). Large flat screen TV’s can be seen throughout so you can catch all the latest sporting events her while enjoying some great food and drinks. The atmosphere is very warm and welcoming, and the staff will make you feel like you’re right at home.

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We were here on a Sunday afternoon, so we all started off with some drinks. A couple of my friends chose the Beer Flight. Choose between the Hop Lover’s Beer Flight featuring 4 Pale & IPA brews or try the BBQ Beer Flight which features 4 select ales & lagers that pair beautifully with the hickory smoked BBQ. They drank it all up, so I think to it’s safe to say it’s very enjoyable!

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I chose to have the Sweet Georgia Peach, which consists of Absolut Peach Vodka, Peach Schnapps and Peach Lemonade. Served in a 22 oz mug and topped with white ale. This was a very refreshing choice, and very yummy.  

Appetizer Platter Lucilles

We needed something to go with our drinks and we could not decide what we should try first so we just went and got a little of everything with this one! The Lucille’s Appetizer Platter is perfect for folks like us who can’t decide! A huge platter of their most popular items: Pork rib tips, fried dill pickles, sweet potato fries, fried green tomatoes, Dixie egg rolls, fried okra, chicken strips and spicy hot links. This was the perfect choice for us. We got to try a little of everything and it was amazing! I loved the fried okra!

Gumbo-Soup Lucilles

Next, we tried a little bit of the New Orleans Gumbo. It was pretty good and it’s very filling!

Back Porch Strawberry Lemonade Lucilles

Before we got our meals, I ordered one more drink. The Back Porch Strawberry Lemonade: Skyy Infusions Wild Strawberry Vodka, Hiram Walker Triple Sec, Lucille’s Fresh Strawberry Lemonade and a splash of soda. Served over ice in a 22 oz. mug.  This is a perfect Sunday afternoon drink to sip and savor.

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BRIO Tuscan Grille Introduces ‘A Tale of Two Risottos’| @BrioItalian #BrioTuscanGrille

‘A Tale of Two Risottos’ at BRIO Tuscan Grille

By Erin

*I was invited as media to come in and try out the new ‘A Tale of Two Risottos’ for purposes of this post. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.*

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There are few dishes as versatile as risotto, and when it’s made right, it’s perfection. BRIO Tuscan Grille at the Irvine Spectrum has introduced its “A Tale of Two Risottos.” A classic tale of old-world meets new, these limited time offered dishes (through March 27th) are a product of BRIO’s love affair with risotto and the finest seafood available. 

Now, of course before jumping to the main course, we had to order some drinks and something from the PRIMI (Appetizer) Menu.

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 A White Peach Sangria and Peach Bellini. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon, even if it was pouring down rain outside!

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For an appetizer, our waitress recommended that we try the Bruschetta Quattro– which is a sampling of their four housemade brushettas. Perfect for sharing and getting a little taste of everything.

Lobster-Bisque

I have soft spot for lobster bisque, so if I see this anywhere on a menu, I just have to try it. Plus it was a cold, rainy day outside, so even more reason to try a cup of their delicious, creamy lobster bisque soup! Topped with a sauteed shrimp garnish. 

Lobster-Risotto

Available during both lunch and dinner, the savory risotto dishes include:

Lobster and Shrimp Risotto: Broiled Maine lobster tail served over risotto with shrimp, mushrooms, asparagus, roasted red peppers, basil and Parmesan. This was my favorite of the two risottos.

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Sea Scallops with Risotto: Five large, seared sea scallops served over a roasted vegetable ratatouille risotto.

 These decadent risotto creations are available through March 27.

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